Fort Campbell, KY – During the government shutdown, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital leadership and personnel remain committed to the patients and community they serve to provide the highest quality and standard of care.
“We recognize nearly 100,000 area beneficiaries rely on our medical care in some capacity,” said Col. Anthony L. McQueen, hospital commander. “Our commitment to you is your quality or standard of care will not be compromised by this government shutdown.”
The following Blanchfield services will continue as the appropriation resolution continues:
- Medical/Dental readiness support
- Emergency Care/Response
- All inpatient and wounded warrior care
- Pharmacies (to include prescription refills), labs, and radiology
- Timely follow-up and management of existing conditions
- Scheduling of acute appointments for ongoing and follow-up care
- Medical care such as Behavioral Health, Obstetrician, Pediatrics, etc.
- Appointments already scheduled will not be cancelled and care will be provided in conjunction with same-day care
- Medical support to mission critical operational forces
- Individuals seeking care in the private sector through TRICARE benefits, little effect is anticipated at this time
Services curtailed until the national budget is resolved include elective medical and dental surgeries and procedures, unless the attending provider determines there is a threat to life or limb.
The TRICARE Network will continue to compliment BACH capabilities in terms of access to care. The standards of care remain the same, 24-hours for acutecare, seven days for routine care and 28 days for specialty care. Based on individual patient needs, quality care is delivered at the most appropriate place, either in the military treatment facilities or in civilian, network facilities. Referrals will be provided to BACH’s trusted clinical providers in the TRICARE network, if unable to provide the care in a timely manner.
“Our civilian workforce is critical to our mission. It takes the entire workforce to maintain the programs and services our organization offers. We look forward to bringing our furloughed personnel back to work so we, as one team, can continue the mission we are entrusted to provide this community,” said McQueen.
BACH beneficiaries may contact the local Patient Advocates at 270.798.8718 on concerns related to access or quality of care. For questions related to primary care appointments, please continue to call the hospital’s appointment line at 270.798.4677 or 931.431.4677. If you have questions about specialty care and your appointment is already scheduled, you may contact the specialty service directly.
“Throughout the government shutdown, we remain committed to providing our beneficiaries the highest quality care available.”